Magnesium Oil for Acne and How To

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on your quest for clear skin? 

Even if you haven’t done anything drastic, lots of approaches toward healing acne are wildly different. 

magnesium oil for acne

Magnesium oil for acne probably isn't one of the craziest things... but it will work. 

Want proof? 

​Keep reading… 


One sees us investing too much time and money into rigorous routines with expensive treatments. 

For best success...

...we plot and maintain a schedule featuring a lineup of products and methods. 

magnesium oil for acne

Much of this involves negating the dryness and peeling caused by the most caustic of our acne products.

Another has us practicing the art of leaving our faces alone.

Do you ever wonder… ? 

​Why, we eschew harsh cleansers and pore-clogging makeup in favor of spare, natural ingredients. 

We eat more fruits and vegetables, and experiment with elimination diets. 

​Guess what happen​s?

Clear skin... we learn... comes from the inside out.

But what about approaches that work from the outside inward, and then out again?


Don’t be!

Because today, we’re talking about magnesium oil ​for acne.

What is it​? ​

How does it work​?

And does it work?

​​Stick with me here and find out...

What Magnesium Oil Is​?

As a society, we are no strangers to using oils for cosmetic and health purposes.

Olive oil for a healthier heart​.

olive oil spray

​Coconut oil for softer skin, and so on.

Despite this, we’re pretty wary about using any type of oil on what is arguably our biggest cosmetic emergency - acne.


that is... you’re hip to the news that putting oil on oily skin doesn’t mean more oil.

In fact, it can mean less.

At this time, I won’t wade too far into the science of sebum, for one very good reason.

Magnesium oil isn’t actually an oil. 

I know what you’re thinking… 

​It’s just another hyped-up “natural remedy”... 


​The issue is that for the most part it’s a suspension.

You see, most oils we use are expressed from plants.

Magnesium oil involves magnesium chloride particles suspended in water.

Magnesium chloride is a natural mineral one can find in various salty water bodies.

The resulting liquid does have a slightly oily texture, but it doesn’t spread like one.

Instead, you use it as a spray, and let the benefits sink in through the skin.


...does that really work? 

Keep reading…

Personally, I’m forever a skeptic when it comes to transdermal absorption.

We know it works when we use a nicotine patch, or a pain relief patch.

Yet too often, companies try to apply it to pretty much anything, no matter how large the particle is.

I’m looking at you, collagen.

Now, when it comes to magnesium, people disagree. 

I’ll explain with proof...

Don’t stop reading now…

It is said that magnesium is only carried into the bloodstream via certain receptors, and these don’t exist just anywhere.

Not only are there many layers to the skin, but absorption chiefly occurs through sweat glands or hair follicles.

Understandably, this leads to a healthy measure of skepticism.

However, there’s some decent evidence demonstrating that magnesium can be effective transdermally:

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    A 2010 trial from the University of Cardiff finds that massage helps the absorption of magnesium through the skin. Furthermore, certain other additives can either help or inhibit this absorption. 

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    ​​study published in 2010 claims that 89% of participants raised their serum magnesium transdermally. 

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    ​​A Mayo Clinic study finds that magnesium spray provides relief for all fibromyalgia patients who apply it topically. 

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    A small study shows that serum and urinary magnesium levels increase through skin application, warranting further study. 

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    A 2016 trial finds that hair follicles do in fact help transmit magnesium. Also, it finds that magnesium can penetrate the upper layers of skin.  

How the Benefits of Magnesium Oil Translate to Clearer Skin

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go back and read my previous post on magnesium deficiency.

In it, we discuss the importance of magnesium, signs of deficiency, and how to rectify magnesium loss.

Now, it’s time to apply what we know about magnesium to the skin.

You see, magnesium doesn’t specifically attack acne; it clears it up as a fringe benefit.

Here are the magnesium benefits that best fit the bill for reducing breakouts. 

1. Stress Reduction

Have you ever noticed that acne pops up to make a bad week worse?

woman stressed about pimple

In some cases, that stress is what caused the acne in the first place. Stress and tension release hormones that help us produce more oil.

Additionally, when we’re feeling tense, we’re more likely to pick at our skin.

Magnesium is a notorious tension reliever.

Even the slightest, barely noticeable reduction in stress can decrease your chances of getting that stress pimple.

2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Acne, like many other ailments, is an inflammatory condition.

Anyone who deals with a big, red, angry zit knows this.

woman with big red angry zit or pimple

Magnesium is crucial to hundreds of cellular processes, and a number of these help control inflammation.

This is one reason why a health practitioner may recommend magnesium supplements to someone with joint pain.

Numerous studies seem to indicate that a sure sign of magnesium deficiency is greater inflammation.

3. Improved Sleep Quality

Many magnesium supplements market themselves as natural sleep aids.

In reality, this is one of the benefits of those relaxing properties we just went over.

When magnesium relieves that tension and stops stress hormones from taking over, it’s easier to sleep. 

woman sleeping in bed

When you don’t have enough good bacteria reinforcing the intestinal lining, gaps allow toxins (yes, real ones) to seep through.

This triggers an inflammatory response, which may include getting a few whoppers around your jawline or forehead.

This 2012 study covers elderly patients with trouble sleeping.

The addition of magnesium sees their cortisol levels dropping, while melatonin rises.

Cortisol, aside from stressing us out and increasing belly fat, contributes to sebum production.

Here is a quick video on how magnesium helps you sleep.

4. Gut Health

Among the many processes magnesium plays a role in, digestion and evacuation. 

From stomach acids, to the breakdown of fats, to staying regular, magnesium is key.

At the same time, we’re getting more information on the role gut health plays in acne.

woman indicating role gut health plays in acne

When you don’t have enough good bacteria reinforcing the intestinal lining, gaps allow toxins (yes, real ones) to seep through.

This triggers an inflammatory response, which may include getting a few whoppers around your jawline or forehead.

Consider this 2008 study, which follows 13,000 adolescents.

Those with acne were more likely to suffer acid reflux, bloating, and other gastrointestinal problems.

Yet, magnesium is just one way we can improve our gut health.

Other solutions involve diets with lots of fiber, lifestyle changes, and probiotics.

5. Insulin Resistance

If you don’t have diabetes, you might not think about your insulin very much.

However, insulin is crucial to using glucose as energy.

One side effect of eating too much sugar (especially from carbs like bread) is that it leads to excess insulin.

And insulin resistance occurs when your cells resist all of this insulin, leaving glucose nowhere to go.

infographic insulin resistance

It now has nothing to do except make you sick. Magnesium deficiency is more common in those with insulin resistance.

By the way, lack of sleep can contribute to your becoming insulin resistant. This is another good reason why you should consider magnesium for insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance, and most importantly, a diet that encourages insulin resistance, causes acne.

In fact, some of the most severe cases of acne appear in those with insulin resistance.

How to Use Magnesium Oil ​for Acne

Ready to use magnesium oil spray for acne?

First, you have to decide whether you want to purchase it, or make it yourself.

If you buy, only buy varieties - click for price with two to three ingredients: magnesium chloride, water, and perhaps some trace minerals.

If you want to DIY, it’s so easy.

You’ll need:

Bring your water to a boil.

Don’t leave it to boil long, as this will evaporate some of the water.

Meanwhile, place your magnesium flakes in a heatproof bowl.

Pour the boiling water on top of the flakes, and stir until they dissolve. 

Let the mixture cool down before bottling, and store it in a dark, dry area.

Some people will substitute their flakes with Epsom salts, but be aware that this version won’t keep as well.

epsom salts

​epsom salts

Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, not chloride, and won’t absorb as efficiently.

Now, it’s time to apply.

If you bought a bottle, it’s always best to follow the instructions on the packaging.

With acne products, we’re so used to putting things on our face, or wherever the acne is.

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If you’re using magnesium oil for acne marks or active breakouts, you don’t necessarily need to focus on the face.

We get most of the benefits internally.

Still, there’s anecdotal experience, especially with marks and scars, that makes us want to use a little on our spots.

No matter how you apply, patch test first.

Spritz a half-spray on your wrist and rub it in. It might tingle, but it shouldn’t cause burning or any kind of rash.

Now, you have to dose properly.

If you don’t usually take magnesium in any form, begin with about eight sprays.

At this point, I’ve worked myself up to about 15 sprays.

Twelve of these get massaged into my stomach, thighs, and forearms, where it doesn’t tingle as much.

The final three sprays go directly into my hands.

From there, I massage the “oil” onto the face, neck, and chest for a full minute.

It will be a little sticky, and at times, leave a residue. You can rinse this off after the magnesium has had time to absorb - approximately 20-30 minutes. 

Allow six to eight weeks to see the full improvement in your skin!

Other Uses for Magnesium Oil

Perhaps it’s acne that had you running into the arms of magnesium oil.

However, there are many other reasons to use it.

Don’t stop spraying when your skin clears up, as it’s great to keep around for these uses:

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    Aches and pains - Whether you are still nursing old injuries or just lead a really active lifestyle, magnesium oil massage is a must. You can even add it to body butters and lotions. 

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    ​​Headaches and migraines - There’s some evidence that magnesium supplementation can reduce the number and severity of migraines. 

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    ​​Stress and tension - More and more, I find myself reaching for magnesium when my schedule is packed and my mind begins racing. 

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    Deodorant - I don’t know about you, but some ingredients in deodorant make me nervous. If I’m not doing anything strenuous, magnesium oil is good enough. After all, many natural deodorants use the power of minerals. 

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    Other skin conditions - In addition to acne, magnesium oil is known to be useful in treating eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and more. Even small wounds or burns can get a little extra healing power from magnesium oil.
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    ​​Premenstrual syndrome - Back pain, severe cramping, and serious tension are all common with PMS. A nice magnesium oil massage is one way we can successfully reduce these symptoms. 

Proceed with Caution: Magnesium Oil Side Effects

Even though magnesium oil is generally pretty safe, it is powerful. As such, you should learn as much as you can about it and use it properly. Overdoses are rare, especially from magnesium oil, but they can occur.

  • ​​For instance, do not use more than several sprays when you’re starting out. Magnesium has some laxative properties, and it could result in loose bowels. Work your way up slowly. 

  • Also, that patch test is really important. For some, the burning and rash will mean that one should, unfortunately, stick to oral supplements.  

  • ​​If you have serious health conditions or take medications, ask your doctor if magnesium supplements are a good idea. It’s always best to make sure, as little-known interactions can occur. 
  • ​​Those with illnesses impacting the kidneys often have greater side effects from magnesium. Again, talk to your doctor about this first if you have kidney problems. 
  • ​​Some people with low blood pressure should be very careful with magnesium. Magnesium supplementation can lower it further, which is potentially dangerous. 

​Okay, ​that's all the secrets I have on...

​Magnesium Oil for Acne

A lot of people who have acne deal with a great amount of frustration in treating it.

The creams and solutions they try leave their faces red, dry, and still marred by acne.

When you do finally get clearer, the dark marks acne leaves behind are a new issue. 

Unsurprisingly, many choose to go the internal route.

Eliminating dairy and eating fewer processed foods will, over time, improve your skin.

And as it turns out, topical supplementation may help with this inside-out approach.

Magnesium oil is a good example of this, as it:

  • Helps prevent stress-related breakouts 
  • Improves sleep, which can help regulate certain hormones 
  • Works to reduce inflammation 
  • Supports a healthy gut 
  • Discourages insulin resistance 

In the end, we need more research to further confirm the efficacy of transdermal applications.

The research we do have, coupled with a barrage of anecdotal evidence, demonstrates real hope for good results so far.

I’d love to get your input here.

What do you think about magnesium oil for acne?

How to you feel about absorbing vitamins and minerals through the skin?

 Are there any other conditions you’d want to use it for?

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